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Acclaimed Chef Rick Bayless Opens First Red O Restaurant In Orange County At Fashion Island In Newport Beach In November 2013

Designed by award-winning interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the flagship location will feature upscale modern Mexican fare and an extensive wine and tequila program in an elegant setting

(NEWPORT BEACH, CA; October 31, 2013)— Fashion Island will become home to the new flagship RED O Restaurant by Master Chef Rick Bayless. RED O Newport Beach will be the second location in Southern California, joining the Los Angeles concept on Melrose in West Hollywood.  RED O will feature upscale Oaxacan-influenced cuisine that Bayless is celebrated for, in a stunning space designed to evoke a feel of a lavish Mexican resort by award-winning Los Angeles based interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

“We’re very excited about the support we’ve already received from the Orange County community and can’t think of a more perfect setting for our newest flagship location,” said Bayless.  “It’s continually inspiring to feed off the luxurious yet leisure coastal lifestyle Newport Beach embodies.”

Master Chef Rick Bayless (James Beard Chef of the Year, PBS’ Mexico One Plate at a Time, Bravo’s Top Chef Masters) has created a clean, light and sophisticated menu showcasing authentic Mexican flavors and utilizing locally-sourced seasonal ingredients.

Serving lunch and dinner daily, the fare will include original items exclusive to the new Fashion Island location as well as many of Bayless’ signature dishes, including hand-crafted Tortas, Bayless’ griddle-baked Mexican sandwiches made with enticing fillings such as Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs, Chipotle Chicken, Garlicky Shrimp and Goat Cheese.  Other menu highlights include Yucatecan Shrimp & Calamari Ceviche, Sweet Plantain Sopes, Sonoma Duck Taquitos with Pork Belly Sopes and Corn and Goat Cheese Tamales, Scallops in Verde, Salmon in Serrano Crema, and Lobster Jicama Tacos.  Desserts are inspired by American classics with a modern Mexican touch, such as the Creamy Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Caramel Corn and Mexican “Root Beer” Sauce.

In addition, Bayless personally curates the unrivalled list of 100 unique tequilas, further enhancing the impressive bar program.  Diners will imbibe with an extensive list of over 400 international wines and pairings, specialty beers and seasonal cocktails.

The freestanding restaurant, inspired by the historic villas of Mexico’s breathtaking San Miguel de Allende, will feature an expansive 8,500 square foot dining room with an adjoining 1,100 square foot heated, outdoor pavilion with multiple cabanas, ideal for private events. Guests will be welcomed by an extravagant bar lit by handmade oversized chandeliers, and a live tree ascending into the tall ceilings of the main dining room.  Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard has designed a stunning space which features an exotic atmosphere by night, yet comfortable and inviting by day, highlighted by rich, color soaked fabrics and finishes.

The restaurant will include aged walls mingled with precious European tiles, exotic furnishings, leather accents, pierced brass lanterns and mosaic tile work. “This modern and luxurious space mingles with old world textures to create a beautiful and inviting space that is perfect to experience Chef Rick Bayless’ modern Mexican fare,” says Bullard.  The authentic décor will also feature a magnificent viewing window into the kitchen accented by beautiful archways and meticulous woodwork as well as a specially designed Tequila Room, showcasing the depth of over 100 available agaves.

RED O is located at 143 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660.  RED O will be open for lunch and dinner daily. For more information, visit www.redorestaurant.com.

ABOUT RED O MEXICAN CUISINE BY RICK BAYLESS: 

In 2013, the acclaimed RED O Restaurant with Mexican Cuisine by Rick Bayless will open in Orange County at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island. The expansive restaurant, complete with indoor and outdoor seating, will be located at 143 Newport Center Drive on the South side of the Center in a new standalone structure. This is the second RED O location for Bayless, following the success of the Los Angeles RED O, located on Melrose in West Hollywood which opened in 2010.  Rick Bayless is best known for his highly rated PBS series, “Mexico — One Plate at a Time,” and from his eight cookbooks. In August 2009, he was crowned the winner of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” beating 23 other world-renowned chefs. RED O’s Orange County menu will feature authentic Mexican and lighter dishes inspired from regions throughout Mexico. At RED O, patrons will also enjoy an extensive selection of tequilas, as well as cocktails, alongside wines and imported craft beers. For more information on the restaurant please visit www.redorestaurant.com or Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT FASHION ISLAND:

As Orange County’s premier coastal shopping experience, Fashion Island features exclusive specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a diverse assortment of restaurants and cafes. Visited by millions of visitors annually, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed, resort-like atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California, with pristine views of the Pacific Ocean.  Owned by Irvine Company, Fashion Island is home to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, as well as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s – in addition to Orange County’s only C. Wonder, Ella Moss, Trina Turk, Vince, Joie and Halston Heritage.  For more information, please visit www.ShopFashionIsland.com.